Choosing your corporate suit

BY: Abigail Bonsu

The role of the suits in a business or social setting cannot be over emphasised. Suits are definitely a must have, especially for those who play various roles in our corporate setting.

Suits have the power to make and unmake the image of men. Therefore, identifying the right type of suit to suit your image becomes imperative if you are to make the right impression in the corporate and social world and receive the compliments due you when you are well and appropriately attired


There are many factors which influence the choice of a suit. Your choice of suit is affected by seven factors. The cut of your suit — is it closed vent, single vent or double vent? Your body type — do you have an endormorph, ectomorph or a mesomorph body build? The material used, your height, your complexion, the occasion and finally your budget as in how much are you prepared to spend?

Of all these factors mentioned, the most important aspect is your body type, the cut of the suit, the material used and the occasion.

 Types of suits

Single-breasted suit

The front buttons on the suits are in a single straight row. You also have button options such as one, two, three, four buttons. Narrow overlap of fabric, normally single-breasted suit jacket with three or four buttons will elongate a larger upper body and tend to flatter the slim body types.

Bulkier guys can opt for a single or double button suit. Remember on a double button suit only the top button is closed, the other is left unbuttoned and always remember to unbutton your suit when seated.

Double-breasted suit

The suit jacket has one its front overlap, the other with two sets of buttons. The jacket of a double-breasted suit has two sets of buttons to hold the jacket closed as it wraps a little further around the waist. In double breasted suit, mostly one column of buttons is simply decorative. Double breasted suits have a slenderising effect on portly men, while that extra panel of fabric can appear to swallow the physique of slender men. So they look much better on large frame guys.

 Three piece vested suit

This is a more formal version of the single button breasted suit. The three piece suit is best worn with the jacket, vest and trousers in the same material colour. The vest can be worn alone with your trousers to create a casual look. They can be very useful during cold weather when you want an extra layer of clothes to keep warm.

The vest is also useful in holding your necktie in place. Ensure that the length of the vest goes beyond the loops of your belted trouser for a well dressed look.

So for those looking at making a suit statement and would like to stand out in a crowd, this is the suit for you.

Sample of suits pattern material and colour

There are so many types of patterns and colours to choose from when purchasing your suit. Your body frame, complexion and the gathering should dictate to you what will best suit your features.

So guys, you can choose the best suit to suit your type of work or social outings and most importantly your body frame. Next week, we will look at the right type of suits for women based on their body shape.

Article by Emma Addo-Owusu

The writer is a fashion consultant and provides training in personal grooming and etiquette. She also runs Kobadem Boutique.

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